'Hoping and praying' - Allan Clarke delivers Leeds promotion verdict ahead of clash v Swansea

Leeds United legend Allan Clarke has admitted that he is “hoping and praying” that the Whites can make a return to the top flight of English football this season. 

Marcelo Bielsa’s men stand on the cusp of promotion to the Premier League, and need a maximum of seven points from their last four games to make their dream a reality.

And Clarke, who made over 200 appearances for the club, is desperate to see his former side get their bid over the line for the sake of the fans.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily Mail after the tragic passing of fellow club legend Jack Charlton on Saturday, he said: “I’m really hoping and praying that Leeds United can be successful again so that the young fans can come to idolise a new generation of legends.

“We would be on Match of the Day every Saturday night and that’s how we became household names.”

There’s no bias in saying that Leeds are, historically, one of the biggest and best sides in England.

The contributions of players such as Clarke and Charlton ensured that was the case.

The fact that we have been away from the top flight for 16 years is absolutely ludicrous.

But in an odd sense, being away for so long has probably made us stronger as supporters.

Certainly, there is a resilience to Leeds supporters that few other fanbases in the country can boast, and it’s safe to say that if we do go up in the next couple of weeks, nobody at the club is ever going to take our Premier League status for granted again.

Promotion would be no less than we deserve after so many years in the wilderness, and would be a fitting tribute to the likes of Big Jack, as well as Norman Hunter and Trevor Cherry.

In other Leeds United news, Adrian Durham has compared the Whites with “useless” Tottenham.